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Café Paradiso

Café Paradiso
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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance
Food
Bakery fare, Buffet, Country-style fare, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
The daily special lunch table draws in busy regulars: think a Mediterranean feast of fresh salads, pasta of the day and freshly baked bread. The sticky chicken and tomatoey beef stew are not to be missed. The regular menu offers hearty salads, healthy sandwiches (try the roast veg with goat’s cheese and basil), homemade pastas and meatier fare. They’re suitably proud of their baked goods for dessert.

Wine
While the wine list is on the small side, the choices are good to pair with the Mediterranean fare.

Service
It’s such a pleasure to be looked after here: waiters are caring, friendly and laid-back. When you’re told ‘don’t be shy’ when dishing up from the buffet, you know you’re in good hands.

Ambience
The large outside courtyard is the place to be on a balmy summer’s day, with its incredible views of Table Mountain. Inside it’s all Provençal cosiness with wine racks, rugged wooden furniture and wine displays.

And...
They have special (paid-for) activities for kids like pizza making or cupcake decorating. The kids’ menu is also a hit. (LvA, October 2012)
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  • Horst Frehse

    This local favourite has a homely atmosphere and lovely outside areas with mountain views. They offer good value for money with perfectly prepared classic dishes. Standout dish: carpaccio and grilled sirloin with café de Paris butter. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
  • Horst Frehse

    Great location in vibey Kloof Street, with a homely, bistro-style atmosphere and lovely outside areas. The menu offers good value for money and perfectly prepared classical dishes without fuss. Visit on a vibey Friday or Saturday night and order the ripped carpaccio of charred beef, grilled sirloin with café de Paris butter.

User reviews

  • i had really high hopes when entering the restaurant but left very disappointed. i made a reservation a couple of days in advance without any problems. when we entered we were not greeted very nicely but merely asked: reservation? we were lead to the back of the restaurant to a table in the corner in front of the chimney. unfortunatly it reeked like charcoal lighter and there was a steady breeze coming out of the doors. the waiter greeted us very nicely so we didn't say anything but ordered two spritz that was admittedly not on the menu but we were told it would be no problem. unfortunatly they were out of aperol and instead of just telling us to give us the chance to order something else we were served a watered down version of the drink with the note that they had run out. sorry but this is just a no go. we ordered the vegetarian antipasti to start with for one, it got served for two. also no big deal. it was ok but nothing amazing. the penne arrabiatta i had was the most disappointing moment of the evening. it was a simple tomato sauce that tasted like nothing. no spices, salt, pepper or anything. the pasta was overcooked and the dish was cold. my friends penne with chicken were fine. if it had just been one or two of the things mentioned above i would never have written a review but i just can not chalk this off as having a bad day. i would certainly not go back to this place or recommend it to anyone.
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  • What a superb place to have a romantic week night dinner - the setting made me feel like I was in a little Italian village - even the cold didn't stop us sitting outside under a fairy-lit tree, thanks to the soft blankets on offer from our super friendly and efficient waitress. We both had delicious meals - husband had perfectly cooked fish of the day and a quick swap of the side to accommodate his banting. I (definitely not banting) had one of my favourites - risotto - big chunky pieces of pumpkin and my only complaint was it needed more sauce for my liking. Another personal favourite is the water feature that promises your coins will not only give wishes but also make a worthy charity smile! Can't wait to go back soon!
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  • Somehow I always forget about Cafe Paradiso, but it's the perfect spot for a lazy lunch in the sun. We opted to sit in the (back) courtyard; it's a small, rather tranquil area and was great for a lunch with friends. They have quite an expansive menu, one may say almost too many choices, but all our meals were decent portions, tasty and well-priced. Service was friendly and attentive.
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  • What a beautiful setting! Sat outside in the garden, looking at Table Mountain on a blissful sunny winter's day. The risotto was decent (although I always prefer more cheese) and the burger vast and great quality. I think the wedges could have done with a couple more minutes in the fryer though - nobody likes an undercooked chip. Staff were friendly, but somehow our table kept getting forgotten.

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  • I chose Paradiso for 2 main reasons,

    1. Romantic ambiance
    2 . Mother in law friendly.

    Last night was my fiance's birthday. We had a lovely albeit unconventional dinner experience.

    Since my last visit for breakfast I had been dreaming about the beer battered camambert. We ordered x 4 starter. The battered cheese was as delicious as I had hoped, we also had the lamb salad which I was shocked, given its vast portion that it was a starter- amazing and the salt and papper squid which if Im honest didnt blow me away - was a little over cooked.
    Needless to say we were full! We decided to skip mains, much to my upset as I was also keen on the butternut fettecini as well as the Kudo on special.
    Tucked into 3 puds - all fantastic and some coffees that were perfect.
    Was my finace's birthday so our lovely waiter gaveus a cheeky shooter each. Love that. over all a very pleasent evening. Perfect weather helped.

    Food - Fabulous, cost effective and consistent.
    Service - lovely. Guy, our gorgeous waiter was super busy and flying around but was also attentive and pleseant and patient.
    Ambience - always devine. LOve the MZ group for this reason.

    Totes gona recommend this cute spot to all my friends - AGAIN - and return soon for my main meal (which i only didnt eat as my booking was late and I dont like eating heavily afyer 9.)
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  • I have been to cafe Paradiso a couple of times. Every time I have been the Food has been exceptional. But unfortunately the service has been atrocious.

    One of the times that stand out is, on the first time taking my Mother to the restaurant. Our waiter was slow and eventually the runners served our drinks as well as food. At the end of the meal the bill amounted to almost R1500.00 . We tipped the Waitress under 10% but she still received just over R100.00. She then had the cheek to challenge the fact that the tip was under 10% after which I quite clearly explained to her it was because she didn't do her job properly, to which she threw my card and receipt on the table, turned on her heel and walked away. Spoiling the entire evening.

    The second occasion was last night when we went back, with my mother. We arrived a short time after my mom, who had been served wine (waitress forgetting the ice) but was unattended to after wards. It took us 30mins of trying to get the waitresses attention to get wine glasses, she still had not brought the ice. She then proceeded running (literally speaking at the fastest speed to get it over and done with) through the specials making them sound like pieces of plywood as she was so uninterested. We asked for ice again to which she replied Oops and went to get some. Almost a hour passed, she did not return to take orders or bring the ice.

    When eventually the wine was finished and we placed orders there was still no ice. Which I politely pointed out and then got a dirty look from her.

    The food arrived and as always did not disappoint. I would like to give compliments to the chef, it was perfect.

    We ate and then waited for our plates to be cleared as the waitress was no where to be seen. After a short while, she cleared the table, offered us dessert, which we declined. We asked for the bill.

    When it arrived. The bill coming to R550.00 we rounded it to R600.00 . The service was not up to standard. She looked at the receipt and pulled her nose up. Threw my card on the table and walked away.

    I am appalled. The service is SHOCKING and it is such a shame as the food is amazing.

    A tip to Cafe Paradiso.. You have such a great restaurant but unfortunately the waitresses really do make the dining experience unpleasant.
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  • My beautiful summer's day has just reached its climax with a wonderfully delicious lunch. Rissotto perfectly cooked and good efficeint service has absolutely made my day. Thank you.

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  • Good food for reasonable prices and good service.

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  • My partner and I decided to try out the cafe which we thought is absolutely beautiful. On such a beautiful day it was perfect. We were served by an amazing waiter named Wayne (hope that's right) - he was awesome and welcoming. We ordered starters as we did not want to eat a main meal. I ordered the humus and rocket/asparagus starter and my partner the livers in soya sauce. My starter came to the table. I was so shocked as at what I thought was priced at R60 for 4 pieces of cheese and 2 asparagus sticks and a small amount of rocket sprinkled on the top served on a wooded plank - it was disappointing. None the less I took a bite and after tasting it I decided this was not worth R60. I asked Wayne to call the manager so that I may complain as no way was I going to eat that for R60. Andrew, the manager, came to the table. He was absolutely rude - kept on back chatting saying that we ordered it. How am I supposed to know that that's the meal I was going to get? On top of that he had the nerve to tell me it's not R60 but R70. After not even apologizing to us or even offering us something else on the menu, with so much attitude, he walked away from us while we were talking to him. I suggest you change your manager, rather make Wayne the manager. He came to apologize to us for his manager's behaviour. How pathetic of the manager not to even apologize. I will be sending out this review on all websites. Andrew owes us an apology!

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  • "For starters we had the Blesbok Carpaccio with rocket and parmesan shavings and Black Risotto with chorizo, sundried tomatoes and lemon aioli. At first the appearance of the black risotto strikes you as something exotic, but it has a taste that ripens in your mouth. The salty, smokey taste of the chorizo lingers in your mouth, long after you have swallowed. The first bite of the Blesbok Carpaccio caught me off guard as I wasn’t expecting the slight sweet taste that accompanied it. But I loved it! For mains I decided on the Blackened Sesame Seed Linefish, served on a bed of cous cous and peppers. The soft texture and the sweetness of the peppers added a nice touch to the crusty outside of the fish. I did however find the black sesame seeds slightly bitter.
    Regardless, it was still good. So overall it was an amazing experience. I loved the food, the atmosphere and the way the café made you feel and the waitress was great. I truly can’t wait to go there again!"

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  • Yes! This place is really good - venue, atmosphere, service, crowd, and the food! being regulars at sister Bombay Bicycle Club, we are spoiled. But not disappointed here. Comfy food at its best. We had dinner starting out with the vegetable platter - yum, and the mussels, yum! Tasty, and generous. Awesome bread as well. Slow cooked lamb and organic sirloin (yes, they managed to grill it rare - as I like) felt like they were cooked with heart and soul, and skill. We didnt manage any dessert but they looked super. Will definitely return.
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  • What an amazing makeover! We had halloumi with caponata, gnocchi and the most incredible lemon meringue. So glad this incredible venue now boasts great food again! Well done.
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  • Booked a table for 2 at 8pm Saturday evening, 29/01/11. A lovely restaurant with stunning atmosphere and beautiful views. Staff were very friendly. Had a very tasty and well-prepared starter. However, after the starters, we waited 1 hour and 15 minutes for the main meal. It was now after 10pm already. On top of this, my portion of pasta (R70) was so small that I finished it in under 60 seconds. My wife was satisfied with hers and I ate half of her meal. The waitress apologised, but the manageress, conveniently missed our table when she did her rounds. I left there rather unhappy.
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  • Terrible! Nothing good to say about this one. I found the menu boring, service disinterested and food awful. I had an over priced fillet that was meant to be accompanied by a pepper sauce. Tasted more like cold cream poured over the steak. The potato bake that accompanied the dish had a very odd taste that bore a close resemblance to dishwashing liquid. There was no manager in sight and I left feeling totally ripped-off. Will not return and would recommend that people give it a wide berth.
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  • We tried the new Paradiso which is under new ownership and offers supposedly French cuisine. Unfortunately we had to find out that there is no cuisine to talk about at all. In fact our dinner was one big shock and we also complained in the place. Example 1, Duck breast, inedible more than well-done tough meat with a thick layer of wobbly duck fat . Example 2, Coq au vin, Dry pieces of white chicken meat which might have been microwaved with something thrown over which closest resemblence to a red-wine sauce was a red colour. Exemple3, Potato gratin, sliced soft pieces of potatoes soaked in oil with a few sprinkles of cheese over it, not a trace of gratin nor cream. Our terrible dinner lead us to only one conclusion, these people cannot cook and to call the mess on the plates French is impertinent.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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